Prairie Hop
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #91
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,680
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
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Notes: Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.
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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Murky and dark orange with many small bubbles fizzling in the body. There are specks and particles suspended in the beer. Head is a dirty tan with decent retention and good lacing. Looks like a lot of life going on in there.

Aroma has very sweet hops. I smell apricots, peaches, mango, tangerines, melon, oranges, bready malts, yeast, flowers, and also straw and grass. Very complex.

The earthy and grassy hops really balance out the sweet presentation from the aroma. Everything tastes like in the aroma, although there are other notes like apple rinds and grapefruit. What's interesting is how lively all the flavors are, the fruity notes being both under-ripe and overripe. It also tastes a little like champagne. Medium-body feel. Altogether bold and well-rounded.

Very impressive American take.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. This beer pours out slightly hazy and golden dark straw in color. Forms a great one finger width rocky and dense crown that is off white in color. The smell is funky and earthy with some fruity notes and straw presence. Smells like it could be a little tart. Very pleasant. The taste comes in with some fruit notes like tart melon, peaches and then some funky earth like straw. It ends up being very slightly tart with some acidity but far from sour. This is a very good saison. The mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated. Really good for the style. I really enjoy this.

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Photo of monkist
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie just can't go wrong! Luckily it isn't a Belgian Ale but a perfect Farmhouse Ale in Prairie fashion! It is quite American hoppy in the nose and the taste is a well balanced, hop forward saison, almost sour here with quite some spice in there.
And then halfway through the yeast becomes more and more remarkable and makes me realize that it is indeed a Belgian Saison or at least it is what the yeast makes me think of. But the American hops just make it smell and taste perfect and this is what it counts! Although I was not impressed with this as much as Prairie's other brews, still it was 100% fun and great beer and this is what I love about them! All good!

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Photo of qrazvan
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden colour, pouring with a really big head. Strong carbonation.
Very pleasant smell: peaches, flowers, grass.
The taste is dominated by a certain sweet hoppy/grassy flavour, with the yeast present on the background. Grapefruits also present, becoming a bit too bitter towards the end.
I think it's a good Belgian ale reinterpretation.

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Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a straw yellow with a big head and left lots of lacing.

Smells of apricots, orange, hops and a little funk.

Taste is a sharp bite of fruit, I'm getting apricot, a bit of hop and mango.

Good mouth feel lots of carbonation.

Overall this is a good saison, comes across a bit Belgian but in a good way. Nice bite and easy to drink.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad saison with flavors of peach, apricot, tangerine, apple, grass, and hops. Was a bit like GI's Sofie on steroids due to the hops but wasn't as balanced as I'd like. I'd still prefer Sofie. Got a bomber for $5 so happy with it @ that price, not worth its usual $15.

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Photo of hman43
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with a pillow white head. Head retention is excellent. There is plenty of lacing to it.

Smell: It has strong aromas of peach and mango.

Taste: The flavors are strong with mango, tangerine, and peach. There are some orange notes as well. There are slight notes of bread. There are also slight hints of earthen qualities as well.

Feel: It has a moderate body and a moderately bitter aftertaste. It is rather smooth on the palate.

Overall, this is an easy drinking rather tasty beer that highlights the hops.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Tulip glass. Hugr 4 inch head made filling the glass difficult. Champagne-y and effervescent. Nice initial flavor with pleasant and quick aftertaste. Fruity. Very nice, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Cloudy dull golden bronze pour. Massive foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Sharp citrus and stone fruits. Peach and apricot. Mango and grass.

T/F: Dry and grainy. Champagne-like... fruity esters and floral. Peach and apricot mingled with mango and apple rind. Medium bodied... effervescent and bubbly. Finish is dry and fruity.

O: A style defying complex saison. Lots of fruit character mingled with dry white wine/champagne. One to drink slowly and savor.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip and a snifter the day I had it. The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a thin white foamy half fingered head that dissipated within less than a minute in both glasses. The smell had some light notes of peach, mango and tangerine and had some light Belgian spices arrange themselves neatly in and out on over top of the previously mentioned fruits. The taste was a good combination of spicy to sweet. On the palate, this one sat at/about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed pretty good for the Belgian ale style. Overall, though I thought this was a saison at one time in my life, I see that it is not, well, honestly I’m okay with that. Straight up Belgian Pale Ale or Saison, either way this is good to me and worthy of having again.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden in color with a nice off white head. Nose of simcoe pine and citrus from the citra. Nice pepper quality from the yeast. Flavor follows with more pepper and a super dry finish. I'm really glad this is in 4 packs now.

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Photo of Riff
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark yellow towards golden color with a thick head of cream colored foam, at least two fingers thick. Smells of melon, peaches, and slightly of malt and bread. Tastes fruity, peaches, melon, rich breads, very little bitterness, a hint of pine, and some grapefruit towards the end. Medium-light body. Finishes fairly cleanly. Interesting beer, aroma isn't huge but the flavors certainly are. Doesn't necessarily prepare you for it. Easy, easy drinker and drinks more like a 4% beer than an 8%.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet hop nose, sweet hop taste. Different yet the same. Great yet only good. The hoppiness carries this beer through the seeetness. Very good beer with a kick.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a bottling date December 16, 2016 if I’m not mistaken (assuming that the last portion of the batch info reads as a Julian-variant date in a leap year, as 2016 was: “33662092 19:36 35116”), which would make this bottle roughly two months and two weeks old at the time of consumption. Normally, I’d leave this on the shelf due to age, but because it’s a mixed culture farmhouse ale (if I’m not mistaken) and Prairie generally does a good job with hoppy brett beers, I’m still expecting this beer to be in pretty decent shape. It’s been refrigerated for several days prior to consumption, and rolled a bit to re-suspend hops and yeast particulates.

Appearance (4.25): This pours with about two solid fingers fluffy, custard-colored foam capping a very hazy, dark orangish-tan body. The head dissipates fairly slowly, leaving a sticky collar of foamy lacing around all sides of the glass and a good bit of foam on the surface of the beer. As the beer goes on, it leaves half of a very wide collar of foam on one side of the glass. Overall, very good retention and decent lacing.

Smell (4.0): A really interesting mix of overripe peach, smooth melon, and light lime zest aromas blend into a rich body of musty, basement-dank “farmhouse” notes, like the inside of a silo, along with some fresh-cut grass, a light bit of resin, and a delicate floral scent. It’s a nicely varied, diverse set of smells coming out of the glass here.

Taste (4.0): Hmm, this contains an oddly gentle array of overripe orchard fruit (apples, pears) and rich, bready (challah, brioche, kind of eggy/buttery breads like that) flavors that blend together nicely and smoothly. They’re infused with a tastefully restrained mix of the barnyard/basement notes picked up in the nose, with dry straw and a rich, musty flavor emphasizing the savory qualities of the malt. The hop flavor, at this point in the beer’s life, is focused on a piney, resinous bitterness with a touch of yellow grapefruit pith, with some grassy component that sits somewhere between strictly bitter and more flavorful. No sign of alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Here, Prairie did an excellent job. The beer is somewhat full-bodied with a smooth, creamy body, and fine carbonation that spreads out evenly and tingles very, very nicely. In spite of the beer’s relatively heft malt, the hop oils really dry out the beer nicely, begging for another sip while remaining thoroughly satisfying.

Overall (4.0): If this is a mixed-culture beer, I’m not getting a lot of that character. That said, it’s an extremely well put-together farmhouse ale that avoids the pitfalls of most other hoppy saisons/other farmhouse styles. Now, though, I’m really curious to try an ultra-fresh version of this beer. Regardless, it’s quite good. I don’t like it nearly as much as ‘Merica or even Standard, but it’s still very good. I’ll have to keep an eye out for freshies in the future.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and citrus juice. Tastes follows nicely with clementine, grapefruit, mango and some Belgian funk. Pretty dry with mild tartness lingering in the afternoon taste. Smooth medium bodied ale. Very nice.

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle stamped 33416 (which I assume means 11/30/16)

Lightly hazed orange hue with a fat soapy head that sticks well to the surface. Fruity Belgian yeast esters, under-ripe mango, grass, tangerines, and clementines in the nose. Hoppy Belgian flavor...grassy dry hop, melon, citrus peel, flowers, and straw. Creamy medium body, finishing dry and slightly tart. A little heavy feeling for me and exhibiting more dry-hop greenness than I like, but pretty solid all around.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as a Christmas gift
Cloudy orange-yellow color
Bready, citrus smell
High carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Sweet fruity peppery taste, a little tartness, some yeast taste, smooth and hides alcohol very well
Overall a very enjoyable beer. Would drink again if it was cheaper. Saw it at Tamuras for $11.99.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisianal Ales (brewed & bottled by Krebs Brewing) "Prairie Hop"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, yellow ink jet production code is illegible
$9.99 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of conscious: Haha, I'm an idiot, without having read the label I was expecting a hoppy American beer, but as I poured it I could smell the mineralish Belgian yeast - and lack of bright American hops! I was reminded of La Chouffe Houblon (except that their yeast is so distinct). Massive rocky white head above a slightly hazy golden body (edit: much more cloudy with the yeast pour, and visible yeast remaining at the base of the bottle). Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma: floral, yeasty/mineralish, grainy, earthy/grassy, and mildly fruity (with some citrus/tropical included) and phenolic (I'm not sure how to describe the phenolic side, perhaps a touch clove and plastic-like). The flavor adds in a note of tea, and light chocolate (I wasn't expecting that), as well as subtle spice - or is that the alcohol? - no, probably not, it's 8 % ABV. It has depth and complexity, and remains really rounded and polished. Soft and easy to drink with a medium body and a gently zesty-then-creamy seemingly natural carbonation that's median to slightly-elevated standard. Mildly spicy and dry finish with a sharp fruity edge, grass, and earthy and mineral components to balance. Very nicely done, I think that this is one of those beers that can serve in almost any situation - full of flavor and complex, yet quite drinkable.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a Belgian ale-style tall white head with good retention. Notes of herbal hops, unripe tropical fruit - mango, papaya, passion fruit - dank cellar, peach, a bit of honey and some farmhouse funk. Medium body and carbonation, with a bitter-sweet hoppy finish.

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Photo of BigGold
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, into goblet. Dry-hopping masked saison character a bit, reminding me of a dry-hopped Belgian IPA, but so far, my favorite beer from Prairie Artisan not named "Bomb!"

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold body with a thin white head.

Nose is somewhat tart and snappy with hops. A malt overtone creeps in here, somewhat surprisingly.

Flavor is smooth with a slight tropical finish. Expected more tartness and hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly stripping.

Overall, a good quaffable beer. Less complexity than I expected.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a big three finger white head and active carbonation and lots of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light grainy and biscuit malt, lemon citrus and citrus hops. Flavor is dry grainy farmhouse malt, moderate funky yeast, lemon and orange citrus with an interesting light stone or tropical fruit flavor developing just before a dry, lightly funky finish with light citrus hops and a hint of camphor or mint. Medium bodied with sharp peppery carbonation. A nicely made dry saison, the hops seem subdued or are subsumed into the bone dry funky farmhouse yeast flavors. The subtle fruit flavors in the finish are what kept me sipping on this. It's a bit dry for my taste, and to its credit still was freshing, interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - a rich golden orange color that has a slight haziness to it (the second pour was super hazy). It poured with a gigantic white head that was super creamy and loaded with bubbles of all sizes.
Smell - a lot of hop characteristics: juicy citrus and pine resin. There are also some pepper and peach notes along with yeasty mustiness (that horse/hay note).
Taste - the taste is pretty subtle. You get the juicy citrus and pine resin as well as the peppery spices. It finishes very dry with a mix of the juicy citrus hop notes and musty barnyard yeast.
Feel - surprisingly creamy, even though it finishes very dry. There's a lot of carbonation, and the body seems about right for the style.
Overall, this is definitely a solid hop-forward Saison that blends these two different flavors quite nicely. I would like more of a pronounced taste, but I think the body and mouthfeel are pretty spot on.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Florida
Just a touch of hazy in a light golden color with a huge frothy bone white head that shows great retention. Aromas of light earthy funk with bits of sweet citrus and caramel. Light bits of metal are a bit distracting. Decent brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. It is stamped but I can't figure out the date it was bottled. Sampled on April 17, 2016.

The pour is cloudy amber-orange with a lingering white foamy head.

The aroma has a bit of Belgian yeast, toasted malt, and vague fruit characters. Nothing that really stands out but still decent.

Medium body and smooth.

Toasted bread and light fruitiness are in the taste with a mild to moderate finish. Mellow all around but not spectacular.

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